Welcome back to 31 Days of Deathmatches Volume 2. The second edition of the annual deathmatch advent calendar put together by yours truly. Each day we will open another bloody door on the calendar and explore another deathmatch until we hit Halloween. We’re going to explore a ton of different companies, wrestlers, and stipulations as the days go on with a few surprises here and there. So, strap in as we prepare for another round of blood, broken glass, and barbed-wire on our road of deathmatches

So today, I cheated. I came into the calendar with a plan. A schedule that would see most days end up with set days and a set pattern. That has deviated from time to time and some surprise hits came in that needed to be added but for today, I couldn’t pick between the matches so we’re mixing them together. I present Fire and Ice, a duo of deathmatches that pit their fighters against both extremes of the temperature spectrum. Both matches have their merits and I couldn’t resist having both on the calendar. Let’s break them down, shall we?

Fire – John Wayne Murdoch vs Orin Veidt – ICW No Holds Barred Volume 6

First up is one of the most mental deathmatches to happen in 2020. John Wayne Murdoch, the king of ICW NHB taking on Orin Veidt the Wizard King of ICW Milwaukee in the main event of No Holds Barred Volume 6. The crowd had just been blown away by Reed Bentley vs Atticus Cogar in the penultimate match so what could they do to blow them away even more? Well, the answer was beat the hell out of each other for twenty minutes with a whole host of deathmatch toys, dives and other brutality then end the match with a Deep South Destroyer off the top of the rafters through a giant flaming pile of deathmatch fuckery. It was a beautiful spectacle of a match that I reviewed in full here. Plus, it has led to a massive main event for No Holds Barred Volume 8 where these two will take part in a 60-minute ironman deathmatch. Just how will they top the insanity we saw on display here? Also if you’re interested in flaming deathmatches then check out one of the few deathmatches too extreme to continue, the Hellfire deathmatch where Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto took on Sabu and The Sheik. This match got so dangerous it’s one of the few FMW deathmatches to ever be stopped.

Ice – Markus Crane vs Reed Bentley – 109 Degrees Below Zero Deathmatch – GCW “Bloodlust” 2016

The second match is me giving Markus Crane his place on this calendar. It would be him and a young Reed Bentley in America’s first dry-ice deathmatch. They would duke it out in a ring with corners of light-tubes and a massive coffin of barbed-wire and dry ice in the middle. Both guys fought around the coffin and got their first taste of the ice when their hands fell in. Bentley took the advantage by smashing a bundle over Crane’s head and attacked him with a fan’s pizza. Crane went to the eyes and got slammed on the ring apron. Crane was cut up with a broken tube then returned fire with a bundle headbutt to Bentley. He didn’t stay down and covered his gloves in dry ice then gouged them into Crane’s face. Crane craftily blinded Bentley with his own shirt and splashed him stomach-first onto more of the dangerous dry ice. Bentley gave him a taste of his own medicine and rubbed the ice on his shoulder then pedigreed him, stomach out onto a mess of bundles and ice. He set up the barbed-wire covered lid of the coffin in the corner and hoisted Crane up for a DVD. Crane fought back and drove both of them through the lid with a sunset bomb. They slugged it out once they were free then Bentley tore of Crane’s shoes and socks and dumped him feet first into the ice and hit him with a Backdrop when he leaped out screaming. Crane rolled through and met a brutal pop-up forearm. Bentley added more ice to the coffin and put in a bundle then repositioned it in the ring. He perched Crane up top for a Pepsi Plunge but Crane broke out and dumped Bentley into the coffin with a draping DDT and ended him with a Small Package driver for the win. Much like the bout before it, this was pure insanity and spectacle with an element at its core. We had two dangerous elements used to concoct two dangerous deathmatches. Come back tomorrow for the next deathmatch delight.

All images courtesy of Earl Gardner Photography, Markus Crane Twitter, Video courtesy of Gooseyhhs YouTube

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